War on invasive species continues

Apr 8, 2014

War on invasive species continues

by Yusuke An and Keita Funaki

With an ever-increasing number of foreign aquatic species threatening ecosystems in many areas of Japan, municipalities are calling on people not to release them into the local environment. Most of the foreign species, such as bluegill and red-eared slider, are believed to have been ...

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Apr 6, 2014

Logging, blast fishing hit Myanmar's 'paper parks'

Off a remote, glimmering beach backed by a lush tropical forest, Julia Tedesco skims the crystalline waters with mask and fins, looking for coral and fish. “There is almost nothing left down there,” the environmental project manager said, wading toward a sign on the ...

Climate change threatens human security: U.N. report

Mar 31, 2014

Climate change threatens human security: U.N. report

Climate change can indirectly increase the likelihood of violent conflict by exacerbating risk factors such as poverty and economic shocks, a U.N. scientific body warned Monday. After six days of talks through Sunday in Yokohama, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a ...

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

Mar 28, 2014

New CO₂ capture tech to aid climate

A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China’s greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this century, a draft U.N. report shows. Using the technology, power plants ...

Mar 24, 2014

Rancor over Exxon Valdez refuses to fade

On a cold March night 25 years ago, the supertanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef off the coast of Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons (42 million liters) of crude oil into the sea. Images of oil-soaked birds and fouled beaches horrified the United States, ...

Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Mar 18, 2014

Paris fights smog with drastic measures

Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city’s cars and trucks from its streets for a day in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that’s shrouded the City of Light for more ...

Mar 17, 2014

Flood damage to triple by end of century: study

The annual cost of damage caused by flooding in Japan is estimated to triple by the end of this century to ¥680 billion due to global warming, a government research team said Monday. A rise in the average annual temperature of between 3.5 and ...

Mar 14, 2014

Japan, four others to consider rules to protect eels

Japan and four other Asian countries are set to draw up self-imposed private-sector rules to reinforce the protection of eels amid a rapid depletion of stocks, informed sources said Friday. By introducing measures such as placing limits on eel farming, Japan, China, Taiwan, South ...

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Mar 10, 2014

'Ethical' gold mines tried in South America

Tucked between two desert ridges in southern Peru, Relave looks like any of the hundreds of ramshackle mining towns that blight the landscape in the world’s sixth-largest gold exporter. Its name in Spanish means “tailings,” a nod to the heaps of mining waste that ...